Undergraduate Experience

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The Department of Political Science at Ohio State has programmatic strength in all of the main fields of the discipline. We have particular strength in American Politics, International Relations, and Political Methodology, each of which was recently rated by US News & World Report as one of the top ten programs in the nation. We also offer extensive opportunities for training in research methods and statistics, longstanding strength in judicial politics and political psychology, a new program in political economy, and a developing presence in formal theory and political philosophy.

Our faculty is made up of leading senior scholars whose work sets the pace for their various fields of inquiry, as well as promising junior scholars recruited from the best graduate programs in the nation. They are known for their excellence in undergraduate teaching and research advising.

Our facilities include state-of-the-art computerized teaching and distance learning classrooms, an experimental lab, and a research and teaching consultation lab for faculty and students. Many of our faculty and students participate in the activities of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and in other interdisciplinary programs on campus.

In short, the Department of Political Science at Ohio State combines the prestige of one of nation’s finest political science departments with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. This is unusual in any university, but extraordinary in a large university like Ohio State which offers so many diverse academic and extracurricular opportunities. For additional information check out the Department's Undergraduate Snapshot